Lord Mayor’s Roundtable

The following was sent from ARAG to Lord Mayor Clover Moore post the recent Lord Mayor’s Roundtable.

Lord Mayor
Thank you for inviting me to participate in the Community Group Round Table. I am sorry that I was unable to stay for the entire meeting, unfortunately I had a work meeting that I had to attend.
I noticed that the meeting was being recorded and would very much appreciate it if I could watch the entire session as I would be very interested in hearing the ideas and views of the other participants.
Also, it would be good to understand the next steps so that I can share them with the community.
As promised, I have included a summary of the issues and ideas that were passed on to me by Alexandria residents below.  I have attempted to group them.
Traffic/Safety/Transport
  • Residents are VERY concerned about the number of cars speeding on Henderson Road (approx 85% vehicles are over the speed limit).  Residents have been very vocal in advocating for a number of changes to slow traffic including speed cushions. The recent decision to implement a ‘pop up’ bike lane and to close Park Street at Henderson Road has not been well received as its installation has not been well explained and is not seen as a solution to reduce the issue.  Urgent action needs to be taken to address this issue due to the number of young families and older residents on this street
  • We have been approached by residents to reduce the speed of drivers turning from Renwick Street into both Suttor Street and Dibbs Street.  Gary Speechley has submitted a proposal to introduce traffic calming and street beautification changes which will make it safer for pedestrians by narrowing the entrance to the street, forcing the cars to slow
  • The footpaths on Botany Road between Henderson and Buckland streets are very uneven and dangerous
  • Widening footpaths and increasing crossing times at lights are seen to enhance the pedestrian experience
  • Make bike paths more connected
  • Advocate to have buses that go to Circular Quay in the evenings (rather than stopping at Redfern or Central) so that people can attend entertainment in the city at night
Parking
  • The unrestricted parking around the perimeter of Alexandria Park (Buckland/Wyndham/Power Streets) should be removed and replaced with restricted resident parking
Keeping it local – building communities
  • Issues in relation to the increasing number of AirBNBs in the area – leading to anti social behaviour and rubbish dumping
  • Promoting local businesses to the community (including small music venues who can provide online streaming for minimal cost) – finding better ways of doing this
  • Providing some infrastructure to enable people to ask for help from neighbours and having a way of people offering to provide help (shopping, companionship, phone support)N.B. the support offered by staff (Maria Sanna and Thor Blomfield) at Cliff Noble Centre to the older residents during lockdown was very much appreciated
  • Have first nation’s representatives in all schools
  • Repair Housing Commission homes
I know that not all of these items are directly in Council’s control, but I know that you and your team work very closely with the State Government.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards
Vanessa

 

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